In February, Florida alumni welcomed Keene State President Helen Giles-Gee. Along with good news and greetings from the College, President Giles-Gee shared Keene State's vision for the future. A future where students, faculty, staff, and alumni work together to create "A world of possibilities."
On Friday, February 23, Hartford, Connecticut-area alumni helped the Alumni Office kick-off a five-day trip. Jeff LaValley, director of Alumni and Parent Relations, and Kay MacLean, program and events coordinator, joined the President on her travels.
The President was graciously hosted along the west coast of the Sunshine State at several events, including:
Saturday, February 24 Tampa, Florida:
dinner hosted by June and Dick '52 Chambers at Sam Seltzer's Steak House.
Sunday, February 25
dinner hosted by Betsy '51 and David '55 Staples at Citrus Hills Gold and Country Club.
Monday, February 26
lunch hosted by Barbara and Bill Brackett '57 at the Barefoot Boat Club
Ft. Myers, Florida: dinner hosted by Cynthia Randall Faust '57 and John Faust '58 at Prawnbroker Restaurant.
Tuesday, February 27
lunch with Venice-area alumni at Saltwater Café.
Sarasota, Florida: dinner with Sarasota/Bradenton-area alumni at Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant and Oyster Bar.
Throughout the trip, alumni shared stories and memories of Keene and heard about recent accolades the College has received, including:
- being profiled in the Princeton Review's Best of Northeastern Colleges
- being named ECAC Jostens Institution of the Year
- being awarded a Davis Grant for Integrative Studies
- receiving top awards for excellence in construction of the new Science Center
- ranking among the "Best Universities-Master's" in the Northern Region (U.S. News and World Report)
There are plans to return to Florida next year as well as to Boston, Hartford, and beyond. If you are interested in helping to plan an event or serve as a host in your area, contact the Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-KSC-1909.